Controversial businessman Leo Molloy wants to separate vaccinated and unvaccinated staff
Auckland business owner Leo Molloy talks about anti-vaccines and covid-era business. Video / Michael Craig
Auckland hospitality industry figure and mayoral candidate Leo Molloy plans to separate his staff when his restaurant, the head office, on the viaduct reopens at Alert Level 2.
Molloy said vaccinated Herald staff would wear yellow T-shirts and work indoors directly with customers. Unvaccinated staff will wear charcoal T-shirts and work outdoors only, and kitchen staff and cleaners will wear black T-shirts.
“All staff will wear masks. I wouldn’t want to be served by someone who isn’t vaccinated so I think customers would be happy if they know who the person serving them is. – there is no clarity in what they plan next, so I try to put myself in a position where I can create a number of different options to make clients feel safe, so the solution was to come up with three different uniforms, ”Molloy mentioned.
The owner says he has had no reluctance from his 60 employees and does not care about violating human rights.
“Look, half the world hates me but I don’t care. I didn’t pressure the staff to get the shot. I took legal advice and I feel like I’m doing what I am doing. I’m a big boss, I’m their proxy dad, they all have an umbilical cord in my wallet. They all understand the situation we’re in and they trust me.
Molloy said he understands if some staff are not vaccinated because they made a rational choice or have a pre-existing condition.
“I have no tolerance for anti-vaccines that look at garbage on YouTube and say your ‘balls will glow in the dark or you’ll develop an extra udder in your forehead,’ that’s bull ****.”
Headquarters director Kim Curtayne said staff were receptive to Molloy’s idea of separating vaccinated and unvaccinated staff.
“Leo has always been one step ahead of the game. It will take a little while for people to get used to it but the pandemic is serious. This idea comes from a good place, he is trying to protect the staff and take care of it. customers and expand the options for people, ”Curtayne said.
Katherine MacNeil, director general of employment services at the Department of Enterprise, Innovation and Employment, said in a statement: “A company can ask a worker for the worker’s immunization status. Generally, a worker does not have to disclose (or prove) his vaccination. company status, unless: For health and safety reasons, justified by the assessment of the risks of exposure to Covid-19, or because their work is covered by the 2021 Ordinance on the response to health public (vaccinations) Covid-19.
If a worker does not disclose (or provide proof) of their vaccination status, the company can assume that the worker has not been vaccinated in order to manage health and safety risks.
However, the company must first inform the worker of this assumption and what will happen if the worker is not vaccinated or does not disclose their vaccination status.
“The collection, storage and sharing of information about the immunization status of individuals must be done in accordance with the Privacy Act,” said MacNeil.
During the lockdown, Molloy who describes himself as “mildly ADHD” prepared 300 meals a day to feed the homeless, vulnerable and frontline workers at the Waipareira Trust.
“I saw the human guarantee of containment. All public toilets are closed so there is nowhere to wash the homeless. We are really the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff and I am in it. very proud.”